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AN ODE. TO BE PERFORMED AT THE CASTLE OF DUBLIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Early queen of light arise
Last Line: His royal issue, and our caroline.
Subject(s): Caroline Of Ansbach. Queen Of England


Recitativo:

Early Queen of Light arise,
Blend thy colors, paint the skies;
Every grace like her display,
Who gives luster to this day.

Aria:

Let the lovely smiles of morning
Give the cheerful warblers warning,
All in sprightly notes to sing,
"The Queen of Britain is the Queen of Spring."
Phoebus loudly strike thy lyre;
Now let heav'n and earth conspire;
In sound sublime make both at once combine
To sing the glorious birth of Caroline.

DA CAPO.

Rec:

Of Caroline to sing the birth,
Gift of heav'n, and pride of earth!

Aria:

Joyful Nature
In each feature,
Grace and beauty
All transcending,
Mixed with every powerful charm;
Love and duty
Thence intending,
Every British heart should warm.

DA CAPO.

Rec:

Who was ever known before
In the lines of royal race,
Should we all their virtues trace,
Happy with such an unexhausted store?

Aria:

All that can adorn a Queen,
Soft address and easy mien,
Every motion is endearing,
Every word commands a hearing,
Every sentence from her tongue
Sounds as if an angel sung.
All her actions thus refined
Show the early seasoned mind,
Show the parents' prudent care,
Who adorned the rising fair
With whate'er is great and good,
Equal to her princely blood.

DA CAPO.

Rec:

Happy monarch, who can see
All that you can wish to have
In thy blest consort and illustrious progeny
Daughters no less divine
Than thy great Caroline,
Sons as their father brave!
Her forming hand,
To bless the nation,
By thy example and her education,
Will fit them for council and command.

Aria:

Their godlike father's martial fire,
Unrivalled by the sons of Fame,
Shall make them gloriously aspire
To add new trophies to the Brunswick name.
Thus with unbounded reputation,
Their courage and their wisdom shall increase,
Alike for war or peace,
And all their care shall be
Still to preserve our golden liberty
To be the bulwark of the reformation.

Aria:

Our secret and our open foes
In vain shall plot, in vain oppose;
Britain, secure, all other power defies
Under a king so valiant and so wise.
All Europe's balance George shall hold,
In spite of foreign arms and Spanish gold.
His matchless fleet shall teach 'em to obey;
For they must rule the land, who rule the sea.

DA CAPO.

Chorus:

Rouse then, ye British hearts;
Ireland against your foes will join,
And draw that sword to take your parts,
Which flew like lightning o'er the banks of Boyne.
The same high courage flows within our veins
That streamed through Flanders' twenty long campaigns.
Lead on, and we shall make the world surrender;
We long in arms to shine,
To serve our country, and our faith's defender,
His royal issue, and our Caroline.





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